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Do Iranians actors need a permit to appear in foreign films?

Source: Iran Times


Golshifteh FarahaniPublished reports say actress Golshifteh Farahani has been prohibited from leaving the country after she appeared in a Hollywood film without permission, but a colleague denied the allegations and said the actress was already in the United States.


The ban was reportedly imposed after Farahani, 25, took part in Ridley Scott's "Body of Lies" with Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe. Farahani is the first Iran-based actress to star in a Hollywood film-but an Iran-based actor did so recently without any apparent problems.


"Golshifteh Farahani was banned from leaving by the authorities at the airport on Tuesday [of last week] when she was about to leave for Hollywood to examine a new offer," the state news agency quoted an unnamed source  as saying.


The news agency said Iranian actors must first obtain permission from the Culture Ministry before appearing in foreign films.  But an online movie trailer also shows the Iranian actress without the obligatory headscarf.


Reports said Farahani had insisted in her contract on wearing the Islamic headscarf or a wig in the film in order to respect Iranian law.


But on Tuesday, casting director Mohammad Reza Sharifi-nia, who has worked on several films with Farahani, told the Fars news agency the actress had already left for the United States.  "This trip took place last Thursday and she has gone to the United States on a personal visit," Sharifi-nia said, adding, "These are all rumors and her trip proves these rumors wrong."


"Body of Lies," due for release October 10, is the story of a CIA agent who travels to Jordan to track down an al-Qaeda leader.  Farahani plays Ayeshe, a Jordanian nurse taking care of the agent (DiCaprio) after he is injured.


Body of Lies


Farahani was awarded the 2006 Golden Seashell at Spain's San Sebastian International Film Festival for her role in Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi's film entitled "Half Moon".


She also starred in "Santuri," an Iranian film whose release was delayed for several months while censors debated whether it should be banned.


The conservative Internet site Tabnak last Tuesday criticized Farahani for her role in "Body of Lies" and asked why the authorities had not taken steps against her.


But others pointed out that Homayoun Ershadi, who played the role of Baba in the Academy Award-nominated film "The Kite Runner," had not faced similar criticism. There were no reports of Ershadi asking permission or being granted permission from the Culture Ministry.  That suggested to some a stricter rule for women.


About Iran Times: The Iran Times is an independent newspaper with no affiliation with any political party or faction The Iran Times corporation was founded in Washington D.C. in 1970, in accordance with U.S. federal and local regulations:

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